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BRF has announced all eggs used in its processed products will come from cage-free systems as of this month. The measure is part of an initiative to increase animal welfare sooner rather than later. The current step was originally planned for 2025.BRF moves its timeline to use cage free eggs forward by 5 years and wants the job done by the end of this year. Photo: Hans BanusAccording to the company, more than 23 million eggs are used each year in the production of its processed products, such as lasagna, pizza, cheese breads and pies. Starting this month, those eggs come from a supplier that has the Cage Free certification attested by the NGO Certified Humane. Its standards include balanced nutrition free of antibiotics or hormones, resting areas for animals and adequate space for natural manifestation of each species.   Eliminated use of caged layer eggs “With this initiative in Brazil, we have eliminated...

“The misinformation passed on through social media about spread of the virus through poultry and egg has reduced prices drastically in the last four-months,” said the director of leading poultry company in Haryana, who didn’t wish to be identified. It’s a double whammy for poultry farmers as birdfeed prices are up by 35-45 per cent compared to the last winter season, he said. The egg industry has taken maximum hit as wholesale prices have slipped below the breakeven level as rising inventories force farmers to push sales. “The supply of egg has swelled against shrinking demand and poultry owners are struck with inventories,” said Sukjinder Singh, a poultry farmer based in Punjab. “We are incurring loss per egg as the input cost is 40-50 per cent higher than a year ago.” He said poultry farmers are not able to pass on the input cost to wholesalers and are incurring loss on birds and...

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